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Axl Rose Wants Hall Of Fame Induction Retracted!!

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And he will not be attending the induction ceremony that was supposed to go down Saturday, April 14.

After many tumultuous years riddled with inner band conflicts, we were so excited to hear that Axl Rose and most of the original band members of Guns N’ Roses would reunite at their immortalization induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Psyche!

Axl just released an epic tale of all the reasons why he WON’T be there, and why he thinks his induction should be reneged.

It is QUITE the illuminating read!

Check out the lengthy letter …AFTER THE JUMP!


To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.
Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.
Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.
For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.
That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.
This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.
In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.
The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.
Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.
There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.
Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.
So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.
But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.
In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.
I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!
Sincerely,
Axl Rose
P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

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18 comments to “Axl Rose Wants Hall Of Fame Induction Retracted!!”



  1. 1

    He's an idiot … a rich idiot, but nevertheless an idiot. He loses once again.



  2. 2

    Somebody wants attention, somebody wants more fame!!

    Without this group, he wouldn't have been famous….at least that's how I see it. So don't bite the hand that feeds you kind of thing. Accept it, enjoy the time…
    but that won't work because it won't provide publicity!



  3. 3

    "We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can." BULLSHIT. They show up on stage and HOUR late, DRUNK, sayin' oops, we was drinkin!!!" My feet hurt so bad from standing so long that it was painful…and they sucked live. GnR SUCKS.



  4. 4

    What a waste. GnR back in the day was a great band, and though Axl purports to be pleased with his current line-up, the fact is that it doesn't come close to the chemistry of the old.



  5. 5

    He should be happy anyone even still talking about him. What a snobby asshole. He doesnt deserve to be in the of Fame.



  6. 6

    Good for him. The Rock & Roll hall of fame is nothing but a joke anyways. I'm glad that someone finally had the balls to turn them down.

  7. yea yea says – reply to this


    7

    I do too!! On the basis that they are disgusting addicts and the man does not wear pants…just those nasty ball huggers that show his nasty privates….gross…go away has-beens!!! No one cares.



  8. 8

    I actually kind of understand his decision to decline and still respect him for letting GNR still get inducted. I don't know it is his decision and it's not like other Artist in the past have declined as well.



  9. 9

    Shaddup, Axl. Yeah, the Hall of Fame is a joke, but Axl's still an asshole. Dude, it's not 1991 anymore, your fans don't respect you because you don't respect them. There are some definitely mental health issues there.



  10. 10

    Fucking Idiot….

  11. @v@ says – reply to this


    11

    It's a wonder to me watching him continue to take himself out of the running from the good stuff. Does he see everything as half empty rather than half full? I hope he learns to relax, appreciate and just enjoy.



  12. 12

    Sounds very respectful of the current Guns and Roses band mates.
    You can't induct only certain members and leave out others when honoring a band. That would be like putting the Rolling Stones in with only Mick, Keith, Bill, Charlie, Brian and Ian completely disregarding Ronnie and others who've come and gone.
    Guns and Roses has been around a lot longer than the line-up they're promoting for induction. It sounds like he's objecting to his current band mates not being included and has taken the only action he has control over- removing himself from the scenario. That's pretty stand-up in my opinion. That said… meh, who cares.

  13. Cleveland Resident says – reply to this


    13

    Axl should get off his high horse and stop thinking he is better than his former band mates. Get over your differences, do you know how many bands out there that have never received this award. Look at RUSH!! You could not hold a candle to them or even be present on the same stage. They have class and someday they will be nominated and WILL show up! You on the other hand, should hang it up, your voice no longer has the quality of current lead singers out there in the field today. Get a haircut and call it a day, you and Madonna should have a drink together!



  14. 14

    FOR GODS SAKE I WAS DRUNK AT THE CONCERT and vomiting the whole time in auckland be thankful anyone wants to induct ur shit this long after what a fucking drama queen and thanks for the thesis..sheesussss

  15. mickey says – reply to this


    15

    Re: blondly7

    You obviously don't know shit about Axl or Guns N Roses. If he was driven by fame, why'd he disappear fromt he public eye for 10+ plus years? Why does he RARELY give interviews? Guns N Roses is Axl's band, he started it.

  16. Mick Moody says – reply to this


    16

    Re: guiltypleazure – You're a liar, that NEVER happened.



  17. 17

    Looks like Axl just killed his own idol, again.

  18. goodshoutthough says – reply to this


    18

    he may be an idiot. but much respect for the shout out to abcIII at the end. made the whole thing worth reading. RIP abcIII